Bend and Redmond Habitat for Humanity to Merge: The Bend and Redmond Habitat for Humanity organizations have announced that they will be merging to serve low-and moderate-income families and individuals in both communities, according to a press release. “The consolidated Bend and Redmond affiliates will combine critical resources enabling us to serve more families & individuals in Bend and Redmond. It will also give us greater access to funding which is vital to our mission,” said Redmond Habitat for Humanity Director Scott Brown, in the press release. For more information about Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program, email . For information about partnering with home construction materials and services, email . For information about donating contact 541-385-5387 or email .

Deschutes County Fair Concerts Announced: The concert line up for the 2019 Deschutes County Fair will include Collective Soul, July 31, Old Dominion, Aug. 1, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Aug. 2, and Michael Ray, Aug. 3. Concerts are free with fair admission and a concert pass. For more information visit:


Red Cross Blood Drive: A Red Cross blood drive will take place from 12-6 p.m. April 15 at Redmond Grange, 707 SW Kalama St. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit or contact 1-800-733-2767.

Meet the Buyers: The Government Contract Assistance Program and Oregon Small Business Development Center is hosting a “meet the buyers” event for business owners to learn about government purchasing from the private sector, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 18 at COCC Redmond Technology Education Center, 2324 SE College Loop, Room RTEC 209. For more information contact 541-786-7272 or email or pre-register visit

Hope, Help and Heal Suicide Prevention Training: The Redmond School District is holding a training in English and Spanish for parents on youth suicide prevention 5:30-7:45 p.m. April 25 at Ridgeview High School. The training will include dinner from 5:30-6 p.m. and childcare starting at 5:30 p.m. “Suicide is a serious and preventable public health issue in Central Oregon,” said Whitney Schumacher, suicide prevention coordinator with Deschutes County Health Services. “We believe parents and community members will leave these events feeling hopeful and better equipped to help prevent suicide in our community.” The training is offered in partnership with the Safe Schools Alliance, Deschutes County Health Services and Redmond School District. For more information or to register, visit: Registration is encouraged, but not required.

Blackwood Brothers Quartet Concert: Southern Gospel Ministries will present the a free concert by the Blackwood Brothers Quartet 6 p.m. April 30 at Highland Baptist Church, 3100 W. Highland Ave. Donations accepted. For more information contact 541-923-3085 or email .


2019 FFA State Convention: The Redmond FFA chapter recently participated in state competitions in the 2019 FFA State Convention, held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. Redmond FFA members Abby Walker, Leslie Aldous and Valerie Rogers, received fourth place in the marketing competition. Jessica Simpson received first place in sophomore public speaking and placed third in state among junior and senior students. Simpson was also elected as 2019-2020 Central Oregon District Secretary for FFA. Jed Montagner received a state proficiency title in agriculture services for his taxidermy business.

Members that earned their FFA state degrees include: Leslie Aldous, Athena Luna, Abby Walker, Alli Golden, Colton Kluser and Javier Rivera. The Redmond FFA chapter also received a gold placing for their treasurer’s book.

Azusa Pacific University dean’s list: Julia Harbolt and Camri Reinhart, both of Redmond, were named to the fall 2018 dean’s list at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. The accomplishment requires a grade-point-average of 3.5 or higher.